By Dian Hasan | October 8, 2009
As Coqui Coqui becomes a household name of personalized spa and hotel experience among travel cognoscenti in Mexico’s southeastern states of Yucatán and Quintana Roo, the owners, Argentinian Model & Hotelier Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato add another Coqui Coqui to make a trio. This time in Cobá, still within the sacred land of the mighty Mayans, promising yet a different experience that share a common bond with the other Coqui Coqui sister Spa Hotel properties in Valladolid and Tulum.
These two beau monde members have definitely succeeded in creating the perfect sanctuary, instilling an aura of bohemian grandeur to the premises and an air of tranquility through their sublime Spas.
Spa & Private Hotel Papolchac meaning “Castle of the kings” in Mayan language, the residence in Cobá Archeological Site is set amongst the trees of the jungle, overlooking the lagoon 30 meters below.
Its fresh atmosphere is closely integrated with the forest within pockets of trees and the native Mayan Cobá ruins village. Extraordinary views and the soothing sounds of lagoon can be seen and heard from every corner of this exquisitely bright and contemporary residence.
The majestic shade of white of whiteness of the Mayan Ruin Pyramids, which can be seen from the balconies, was the inspiration of the entire design and building of the residence. The furnishings are a mixture of Contemporary Mexican design and Mayan influences.
Cobá, (“waters stirred by the wind”), is one of the most important archaeological sites in the area. Built between two lakes during the Classic Period (600-900 A.D.), it was at one time a very large city, with nearly 50,000 inhabitants and an extension of over 80 square kilometers. The main pyramid, Nohuch Mul, “large hill”, is 42 meters tall (138 feet) and is the highest in the Yucatan peninsula.
Climbing the 120 stairs to the top of the Grand Pyramid at Cobá is well worth the effort. Standing here one can see over the jungle canopy for miles, unexcavated temple mounds peeking above the trees.
The pyramid known as the Iglesia (Church), is second in height and from its summit visitors have a spectacular view of lake Macanxoc.